The Philip K. Dick Sci-Fi Film Festival Celebrates 6 Years in 2018
The 6th annual 2018 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival will run from February 23-25, 2018. The full lineup of critically acclaimed films, exclusive premieres, panel discussions and virtual reality installations have been announced. Featured appearances include Armand Assante, Charles Baker, Michael Ironside, Nana Gouvea, Vincent Pastore, Tom Sizemore, Melvin Van Peebles, Chuck Zito and more…
From the press release:
This year’s festival has expanded its tribute to the father of science fiction, Philip K. Dick by broadening its scope of official selections. “Every year our films cover different themes of the PKD spectrum,” said Daniel Abella, the founder, and director of the festival. “This event focuses heavily on inner worlds, transhuman realities and other types of films including speculative fiction, magical realism, and surrealism. Just like PKD, we are very eclectic in our thinking and do not subscribe to one single unitary form of entertainment.”
The festival will feature appearances by numerous award-winning actors, filmmakers, scientists, and innovators who are among the most successful individuals in the entertainment, medical and technology industries. “Real human exchange between the stars and the audience is a wonderful experience going back to classical Greece,” said Abella. “We are social creatures and need to be with others to find communion and transcendence.”
Abella added that the festival’s mission to represent society’s issues stands for the work and views of its namesake. “PKD was a modern-day prophet who foresaw the collapse of humanity under the colossal weight of data, technology, and ecological devastation,” he said. “Narrative themes in these films are more effective in shaping popular thinking that a new review or manifesto. In our own modest way, the festival represents a resistance against monolithic hypercaptialism and rapacious technology. Think of it as technology with a soul.”
Check out some of these wicked cool premieres & panels:
Alterscape (2018) — World Premiere
Director: Serge Levin
Run Time/Country: 88 min, USA
After a failed suicide attempt, a young man coping with loss and depression submits to a series of trials that fine-tune human emotions but his unique reaction to the tests send him on a journey that transcends both physical and perceived reality. Starring Michael Ironside (Total Recall), Charles Baker (Breaking Bad), Alex Veadov (Act of Valor), Serge Levin (Welcome to Willits), Debbie Rochon (Model Hunger), Mack Kuhr (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Olan Montgomery (The Blacklist) and Sara K. Edwards (Mad Women). Produced by Jon Keeyes (American Nightmare) and cinematography by Richard Clabaugh (Eyeborgs).
Special Guest Panel:
Actors Michael Ironside, Charles Baker, Mack Kuhr, Olan Montgomery, Sara K. Edwards and other principal cast members with director Serge Levin will be in attendance for a post-film discussion of Alterscape.
AYLA (2017) — East Coast Premiere
Run Time/Country: 120 min, USA
A man haunted by the mysterious death of his four-year-old sister brings her back to life thirty years later as an adult woman, with dire consequences. Starring Nicholas Wilder (Gut), Tristan Risk (American Mary), Saturn Award nominee Dee Wallace (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) and Sarah Schoofs (Gut).
The Shaman and The Scientist (2017)
Director: Sarah Hutt
Run Time/Country: 15 min, USA
This short documentary explores the topic of traditional plant medicine from two perspectives – that of Don Juan Tangoa Paima, a curandero who works with Ayahuasca medicine in the Peruvian Amazon, and through the research of Dr. Dennis McKenna, who taught ethnopharmacology for over 30 years and is the brother of ethnobotanist Terence McKenna, looking for new medicines to treat schizophrenia and dementia. The story takes viewers from jungle to lab asking what is the value of undiscovered knowledge in the world’s most biodiverse biomes, and what is at stake if we allow those precious resources to be lost.
Special Guest Panel:
The screening will lead into an in-depth discussion about the making of the film, psychedelic medicine and more with Dr. Dennis McKenna, a founding board member and Director of Ethnopharmacology at the Heffter Research Institute and a key investigator in the first biomedical investigation of ayahuascaon known as the Hoasca Project, and the film’s accomplished director Sarah Hutt, whose Emmy nominated documentary work has appeared on Animal Planet, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel and MSNBC.
The Wanderers: The Quest of The Demon Hunter (2017) — USA Premiere
Director: Dragos Buliga
Run Time/Country: 90 min, Romania
A vampire hunter and a reporter investigate mysterious circumstances at a castle in Transylvania. Starring Primetime Emmy Award winner Armand Assante (Gotti).
Special Guest Appearance:
Actor Armand Assante will be in attendance for the screening of The Wanderers: The Quest of The Demon Hunter.
Black Wake (2018) — World Premiere
Director: Jeremiah Kipp
Run Time/Country: 120 min, USA
Specialists gather in a top-secret facility to investigate a series of strange deaths on beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and examine video evidence to uncover a possible parasitic explanation for the fatalities. When a determined detective sends one of the scientists the crazed writings of a mysterious homeless man, she slowly learns that the actual threat may be more dangerous – and far older – than anyone ever imagined. Starring Nana Gouvea (The Fever), Golden Globe Award nominee Tom Sizemore (Witness Protection), Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts (Runaway Train), Screen Actors Guild Award winner Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos), Jonny Beauchamp (Penny Dreadful) and Chuck Zito (Oz). Inspired by the cosmic horror of genre writer H.P. Lovecraft.
Special Guest Panel:
Actors Nana Gouvea, Tom Sizemore, Vincent Pastore, Jonny Beauchamp and Chuck Zito will be in attendance for a post-film discussion of Black Wake.
The Child Remains (2017) — NYC Premiere
Director: Michael Melski
Run Time/Country: 120 min, Canada
An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror as they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where infants and mothers were murdered. Starring Suzanne Clément (Mommy), Allan Hawco (Frontier), Shelley Thompson (Labyrinth) and Géza Kovács (Scanners).
Cyborgs Among Us (2017) — East Coast Premiere
Director: Rafel Duran Torrent
Run Time/Country: 76 min, Spain/Denmark/France/Germany/Switzerland/UK/USA
Cyborgs are human beings with electronic devices implanted in their bodies to extend their senses and/or enhance their physical and cognitive capabilities. Technology with the potential for human enhancement is already available, but its use is strictly restricted to remedial (medical) applications. However, the first cyborgs are already crossing the boundaries of their human limits just for the sake of it – at home, in basement workshops and tattoo parlors, using low-tech equipment and with a do-it-yourself attitude. They are a tiny minority, seen by many as weird or crazy experimenters, but in the near future we may be calling them pioneers. This film explores life as a cyborg through the stories of a few current ones and how close scientists are to taking the leap. The film will consider the philosophical, ethical and legal implications of going beyond human by letting machines become part of us.
The screening will be followed by an in-depth discussion with modern day cyborgs from Grindhouse Wetware, a biotech startup in Pittsburgh that enhances human capabilities through augmentation and develops initiatives for biohackers.
Yesterday Last Year (2017) — NYC Premiere
Director: Jeff Hanley
Run Time/Country: 90 min, Canada
A love triangle gets even more complicated once a time machine enters the picture.
Passes to screenings at Village East Cinema (181-189 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003) can be purchased HERE. Passes to screenings at Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106) can be purchased by contacting the venue HERE.
Press Accreditation and Interviews:
To request press accreditation and interviews with festival organizers and filmmakers, contact Jonathan Carsten.
About The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival:
The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival launched in 2012 as New York City’s first festival of its kind and honors the enduring legacy of novelist Philip K. Dick, whose work maintains a strong influence over modern culture and society. Organized by individuals and filmmakers who understand the difficulties and challenges of presenting a unique narrative in a corporate environment, the festival embraces original concepts and alternative approaches to storytelling in the form of independent science fiction, horror, supernatural, fantasy, metaphysical and virtual reality films. Since 2013, the festival has held international gatherings in France, Poland and Germany and many domestic screening events throughout the year.
About Philip K. Dick:
“The core of my writing is not art but truth.” – Philip K. Dick Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was one of the 20th century’s most profound novelists and writers within the science fiction community. His exploration, analysis, and beliefs led to the publishing of 44 novels and 121 short stories. PKD’s enormous library of works led to several film and television adaptations including Blade Runner (1982), Total Recall (1990), Minority Report (2002), Paycheck (2003), A Scanner Darkly (2006), Radio Free Albemuth (2010), The Adjustment Bureau (2011), Total Recall (2012), The Man in the High Castle (2015, Amazon) and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (2017, Channel 4/Amazon). PKD’s enormously effective views composed of fictional universes, virtual realities, technological uprising, dystopian worlds and human mutation foresaw a significant observation at the current state of government and contemporary life. Though he is gone in the physical form, his philosophies live on in the techniques applied to present day narratives, films, and ideals.